I began my freshman year at Auburn in August of the year 2000. The first football game I attended as a student was the 2000 season opener against Wyoming on a Thursday night. In his first game as a Tiger, Rudi Johnson ran wild, Roshard Gilyard decapitated a Cowboy, and Auburn won the game 35-21. From then I attended every home game during my four-and-a-half years at Auburn. That’s 34 games, ending with the 24-6 win over Georgia in 2004. During that span, Auburn went 29-5 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
While at Auburn, I had the good fortune of meeting the future @BeautifulBlogle. After putting her through my normal screening process, including multiple drug tests and expert level Auburn trivia, I learned that her stepfather was a season ticket holder. This was enough for me to ignore the dozen or so failed drug tests and put a ring on it.
So when I graduated in 2004, I had a spot secured in the North End Zone about ten rows from the small scoreboard. Other than the 2006 Florida and 2010 South Carolina games, I have watched every game from 2005 to now in that spot. That’s 66 games from the 23-14 loss to Georgia Tech in 2005 to the 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic two weeks ago. During that span, Auburn went 51-15 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
If you’re good at math, you realize that this totals 100 games, and many, many thanks to my step-father-in-law, who has written on the ‘Blogle before, I have attended them all. I have missed a few weddings, and I’ve been the only family member sitting in our seats for a few games, but I’ve seen all 100. During the entire span, Auburn went 80-20 in Jordan-Hare Stadium, with three (four if you count the current season that has two more home games) undefeated home schedules.
In these 100 games, I watched Cam Newton win his Heisman against LSU (2010), I watched Junior Rosegreen knock Reggie Brown virtually unconscious (UGA 2004), I watched Cadillac go crazy (Alabama 2003) and score six touchdowns against Mississippi State (2003), I watched Auburn beat Syracuse after midnight, I watched Damon Duval curl a game winner between the uprights to beat #1 Florida (2001), I watched Jason Campbell connect with Courtney Taylor to beat LSU (2004), I watched a rain-soaked Jordan-Hare Stadium pull Auburn through a win over West Virginia (2009), I watched Tre Smith flip over the Gators (2006), and I sacked Brodie (2005).
I’ve gathered as much info as possible about these 100 games and run the data through my Auburn-O-Matic machine. It’s mostly records broken down in any way imaginable, and scores, and attendance, and other stuff like that. It’s a lot, but let me know if there is anything you want me to try to pull out. If you have any memories from these games, feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Overall record: 80-20
Combined score: 3213-1774
Average game score: 32.1-17.7
Record and combined score by year:
Morning games: 12-6
Afternoon games (Noon-4pm): 37-7
Night games (5pm-): 31-7
Overtime games: 5-1
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Auburn vs Top 10 opponent: 9-7
-Most common opponents: LSU (6), Alabama (3), Georgia (3)
-Florida only team ranked #1 (2001)
Unranked Auburn vs. unranked opponent: 33-4
-Most common opponent: Mississippi State (5)
Unranked Auburn vs. ranked opponent: 6-6
-Most common opponent: Ole Miss (3)
Ranked Auburn vs. unranked opponent: 31-7
-Most common opponent: Arkansas (5)
Ranked Auburn vs. ranked opponent: 9-3
-Most common opponent: LSU (4)
-Auburn ranked higher: 4-1. All played on CBS, Auburn ranked in Top 6 in all.
-Auburn ranked lower: 5-2. 3-2 when opponent ranked in Top 10. Auburn ranked lower in Top 10 once (#9), lost to #6 LSU in 2001.
Games/record by month:
August: 4 (3-1)
September: 40 (35-5)
October: 32 (26-6)
November: 24 (16-8)
Games/records by coach:
Tommy Tuberville (2000-2008): 64 (51-13)
Gene Chizik (2009-2012): 30 (23-7)
Gus Malzahn (2013): 6 (6-0)
Games on TV: 89
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Total attendance: 8,458,621
Average attendance: 84,586
Total sellouts: 42
-2000 (85,216 capacity): 2
-2001-2003 (86,063 capacity): 11
-2004-2013 (87,451 capacity): 29
Most sellouts by opponent: Alabama, Georgia (6)
Longest winning streak: 14
2010: Arkansas State, Clemson, South Carolina, Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas, LSU, UT-Chattanooga, Georgia. 2011: Utah State, Mississippi State, Florida Atlantic, Florida, Ole Miss, Samford
Longest losing streak: 3
2012: LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M
Largest margins of victory:
2003: 66 – Louisiana-Monroe (73-7)
2005: 60 – Ball State (63-3)
2013: 59 – Western Carolina (62-3)
Lowest margins of victory:
2004: 1 – LSU (10-9)
2000: 2 – Arkansas (21-19)
2001: 2 – Mississippi State (16-14)
2008: 2 – Tennessee (14-12)
Largest margins of defeat:
2012: 42 – Texas A&M (21-63)
2012: 38 – Georgia (0-38)
2011: 28 – Alabama (14-42)
Lowest margins of defeat:
2012: 2 – LSU (10-12)
2002: 3 – Georgia (21-24)
2007: 3 – South Florida (23-26 OT
2008: 3 – Arkansas (22-25)
Since the Florida Atlantic game was my 100th straight, I decided to do something a little different. I wanted to watch one play from every section in the stadium. I started a few plays before the half, and should have had enough plays to get all 60+ sections before the game clock ran out, but since Auburn was so far ahead, the 4th quarter was basically a clock-running session, so I missed getting the East Upper Deck.
Either way, I took a picture from every section in the lower bowl (46 sections) and threw them into a GIF. So here, feel like you’re running around the stadium a few MPH slower than Onterio McCalebb.
Again, if you have any memories you want to share from the last 100 games or any other data you want me to pull, leave it in the comments. This weekend, Georgia becomes 101. Who’s up for 200?